Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday to You! by Michelle Medlock Adams


Happy Birthday to You!
Written by Michelle Medlock Adams
Illustrated by Sandra Rodriguez
Children's Board Book
Available August 2016
Worthy Kids/Ideals
16 pages

About the Book
This musical board book includes all the ingredients that make a birthday special for a child: balloons and presents, cake and candles, and, of course, the birthday song! Follow along throughout a day of celebration, concluding with a good night blessing, then push the button to hear the melody of “Happy Birthday.” Book features a photo pocket on the last page to allow for personalizing.

My Thoughts
The idea of this book is super cute—a book to celebrate a birthday of a child. My favorite page was the last one, which was almost something of a blessing for the kid of the day. The other thing I absolutely loved about this book was the bright, colorful illustrations. I thought it was also fun to have a place for a picture of the birthday boy or girl and to be able to sing along with the birthday song.

Many families will enjoy this book, but it’s not the best for us; it just doesn’t fit how we celebrate birthdays. I loved the focus on celebrating big, but the focus was centered around a big party, big cake, big presents, big games, lots of guests, etc. And that isn’t how we typically celebrate birthdays. BUT if your family celebrates this way, this book will probably be a winner for you.  [3 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Michelle Medlock Adams began her career in journalism; but when she had two children of her own, she quickly turned to writing children’s books, including the successful What Is . . . series for WorthyKids/Ideals. Michelle has two grown daughters and lives in Bedford, Indiana, with her husband, Jeff.

About the Illustrator
Sandra Rodriguez grew up in Mexico in a house with a big garden. From doodling her way through math class to playing with her dogs, her creative spirit was evident. Rodriguez’s illustrations are inspired by simple, everyday life: children playing in the park, people walking their dogs, families interacting after school. Rodriguez favors watercolor because it allows her to transmit the movement and emotion of life into her illustrations.

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